29 July 2013

KENYA : Co-op Bank fall to KPA ahead of regional qualifiers

  • Parklands Collins Angira dribbles the ball during their match against World Hope. World Hope won 56-55. (Photo by Shutterspeed)
  • Co-operative Bank, the men premier champion, was the only loser in the weekend action among the four teams that will represent Kenya at the FIBA-Africa Zone V basketball qualifiers in Burundi beginning next weekend.
    The other teams are Eagle Wings and United States International University-Africa, USIU, for both men and women. The weekend matches gave the teams a good opportunity to gauge their preparations ahead of the regional event.
    The bankers lost 65-51 to Kenya Ports Authority, KPA, in a match played on Saturday in Mombasa. The loss pushed them to the third place on the log with 21 points, one behind joint leaders Lions and Thunder. KPA led 25-22 at the breather.
    Joseph Ouma and Cliff Ochieng top scored for KPA and Co-op Bank respectively with 18 points each. USIU-A managed to tame Ulinzi Warriors winning 61-51. Ulinzi is preparing for the EAC Military Games that begin next week in Nairobi.
    The students enjoyed a one point advantage at halftime leading 32-31. Victor Bosire had 16 points for USIU while William Ochieng top scored for the soldiers with 17.
    In another tight match, Lions mauled host Nakuru Club 58-42.The first quarter was a 17-17 tie before Lions won the remaining quarters 9-6, 11-10 and 21-9. Chizza Aristote scored 16 points for Lions and Dennis Achiego 13 for Nakuru.
    43 points from Griffin Ligare helped Thunder tear Blazers apart with a 71-45 scoreline. Joseph Koech and Abel Nson scored 10 apiece for Blazers. Thunder led 49-25 at halftime.
    The other match of the men premier saw Nairobi Aviation College beat University of Nairobi's Terrorist 58-49. Ben Oluoch had 13 points for Aviation while Hillary Kubai and Collins Gumba had 12 each for Terror.
    USIU tame Storms 
    Hilda Indasi led USIU in hammering Sprite Storms 80-50 after scoring 15 points.
    Linet Mukiri had 14 points for Storms. The students won all the quarters 16-7, 21-7, 15-14 and 28-22. Eagle Wings easily sailed past Kenyatta University Oryx registering a 64-18 win.
    Annerose Atieno had a game high of 21 points for Wings while Oryx’s top scorer was Betty Kananu with 9. All the quarters went to Wings 16-4, 14-10, 22-2 and 12-2.
    KPA went joint top with Wings in the women premier on 23 points after beating Co-op Bank 80-36. Helen Oketch and Yvonne Akinyi combined for 34 points to lead KPA to victory in a match they won all the quarters 18-8 19-3, 18-17 and 25-8. Eleanor Musundi scored 9 points for the bankers.
    The bankers redeemed their face with a slim 45-43 win over NYTA-Shimba on Sunday after trailing 27-15 at halftime. Western Delight beat Kenya College of Accountancy- University, KCA-U, 42-29 in Kakamega while KU Oryx beat Mennonite 41-25.
    Collated Results: Western Delight 42 KCA-U 29, NYTA- Shimba 43 Co-op Bank 45, Trailblazers 58 Upperhill 54, USIU Flames 80 Sprite Storms 50, KU Pirates 73 Little Prince 55, Mennonite 25 KU Oryx 41, KAA 61 Equity Bank 63, USIU Tigers 61 Ulinzi 51, KPA 80 Co-op Bank 36 (Ladies), KPA 65 Co-op Bank 51 (Men), Nakuru Club 42 Lions 58, Umoja 55 Strathmore University 52, KU Pirates 65 Zetech 49, World Hope 56 Parklands Baptist 55, Eagle Wings 64 KU Oryx 18, Nairobi Aviation College 58 Terror 49, Blazers 45 Thunder 71.

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